Keane points a finger at defence

ROY Keane insisted that the first goal was "all important" as Ipswich Town again failed to taste victory at Preston on sorry Saturday.

Carl Marston

ROY Keane insisted that the first goal was "all important" as Ipswich Town again failed to taste victory at Preston on sorry Saturday.

Town have still won just once at Deepdale, way back in 1960, and their 12th visit to this corner of Lancashire will not live long in the memory.

In a game of very few chances, Town squandered theirs while Preston proved clinical in front of goal.

"It was a very frustrating afternoon," confessed Keane.

"We had an opportunity today to get something. We had a few chances and the first goal was always going to be important.

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"From our point of view, it was unbelievably bad defending for the first goal, in terms of two bad clearances and obviously the boy (Neill Collins) to then get a header from six or seven yards out."

Town's two main scoring opportunities arrived early in the second half. Tamas Priskin blazed horribly over the bar when put clean through by Liam Rosenior, and the unfortunate Priskin then had a headed goal ruled out for offside.

"Tamas had a couple of chances, and that's all you ask of your strikers," insisted Keane.

Referring to the disallowed goal, the Town boss continued: "Again, we're not sure. I think it was ruled out for offside, whether its Tamas I don't know; if its not Tamas, then was the other player interfering with play?

"But these are the things that are costing us at the moment.

"The difference between winning and losing is a very fine line, and we've just been on the wrong end of it far too many times this season.

"But you still have to defend better.

"Obviously we had David Norris sitting there, and the game was panning out the way we thought it would do.

"We knew we'd get one or two chances and we frustrated them. The first-half no doubt wasn't great, but we were comfortable you would have thought.

"We got our opportunities but again our Achilles heel this season has been that we don't score enough goals.

"Like Southampton a few weeks ago, you're putting yourself under pressure all the time. And like West Brom the other night, we were 1-0 up and had chances, but it cost us."

Keane, a Manchester United legend, was naturally dismissive of United loanee Danny Welbeck's exquisite finish for the second goal.

"I've not interest in it being a great finish!" concluded Keane.